Welcome to White Sands, Petria´s only luxury community! Today we reveal the first trailer for Road 96: Mile 0, giving players a chance to understand what´s behind Zoe’s escape and the harsh secret behind it. Road 96: Mile 0 is a thoughtful and unique prequel with two teenagers who like to mess around with their skateboards and rollers while contrasting against serious issues in a messed-up country. Learn more about the game below. Enjoy!
Road 96: Mile 0. Sounds like this is where it all started…
A lot of players, I mean hitchhikers, of Road 96 were asking why this important character, the only one from a rich background, Zoe, was on the road too, trying to escape the country. So, we wanted to reveal her story and the events of May 96 just before the first game. What the hell happened in this luxurious residence where President Tyrak lives that triggered Zoe’s departure?
It´s a story of friendship between two very different characters: Zoe and Kaito.
The underlying theme of the game is friendship, its beauty and its limits. Zoe was raised in this luxurious residence like a princess in a castle, but Kaito, her closest friend, was living in the dangerous capital Colton City before. He lost his girlfriend Aya there 2 years ago after she developed cancer due to the incredible pollution there. He was the main protagonist of our first game, Lost in Harmony.
Is there any learning you want the players to get from playing Road 96: Mile 0?
In all of our games at DigixArt, we try to add another layer that makes it special beyond pure entertainment. In Road 96: Mile 0 the gauges are about characters beliefs. By influencing them you understand that there is not only one truth, that it is your past and your traumas which shape the prism through which you see the world. Putting yourself in the shoes of two opposite characters helps open your mind.
Music is a leitmotiv in all the games you have created. How will it impact the emotional experience of the players?
We care so much about the music in our creations. Music is what defines you, it is pure emotion to your brain, not translated through any human inventions like language. In Road 96: Mile 0, we go beyond that and use musical sequences to explain traumas and feelings that Zoe and Kaito are experiencing. We ride these music metaphors, to create a sort of symbiotic trans between you and these emotions. A sort of psychedelic colorful opera that hypnotizes you. And this is where we can push the gameplay much further than mini activities.
What challenges did you face creating this game?
We wanted to challenge the team on creating a deeper gameplay mechanic rather than the small activities, but it still remain meaningful to the narrative. That’s the reason why your choices in the rides influence the story. We wanted to blend those two different gameplays.
A message for our readers: What does the future of the Road 96 universe look like?
Oh, if only you knew what’s in preparation, it’s amazing how the universe of Road 96 can expand. It touched people hearts. All around the world, each one recognizing his or her own struggles into this dystopian story. What happens after September 9 revolution, what’s on the other side of the wall, this is just the beginning…
Road 96: Mile 0 is coming to PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on April 04, 2023.
[This article originally appeared on Xbox Wire]